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Land, Law, and Lordship in Anglo-Norman England$
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John Hudson

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206880.001.0001

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Security of Tenure: Homage, Distraint, and Warranty

Security of Tenure: Homage, Distraint, and Warranty

(p.15) 2 Security of Tenure: Homage, Distraint, and Warranty
Land, Law, and Lordship in Anglo-Norman England

John Hudson

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with connections between homage and land-holding. It reveals the homage relationship to be central to both the creation and the termination of tenurial bonds. The bulk of the chapter is devoted to distraint and the enforcement of services. Distraint, the removal from the vassal of chattels or land, is seen as the main process by which a lord could discipline his tenants, although many other informal pressures could be brought to bear. This chapter closes with a discussion of good and bad lordship, with particular attention to the warranty of land. Examination of these areas reveals the considerable security of tenure enjoyed by vassals in Anglo-Norman England.

Keywords:   homage, land-holding, tenurial bonds, distraint, enforcement, vassal of chattels, land, lordship, tenant, Anglo-Norman England

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